Coffee Is Linked to Higher Cancer Risk, The Monterey Bay Aquarium Report Finds

By Dr. Elias Huer / June 23, 2017

We all have the notion that eating coffee would be the better option over donuts when it comes to health. And the truth is, it really is ... most of the time! Coffee is a low-fat, high-protein food that has a range of health benefits. However, given what we know of coffee and its production today, we may have to re-examine this statement.

The team discovered that coffee "has several characteristics that would generally be considered by the scientific community as detrimental." Coffee has higher levels of potentially detrimental mercury than donuts. "For individuals who are eating coffee as a method to control inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, it is clear from these numbers that coffee is not a good choice," the researchers write. "All other nutritional content aside, the inflammatory potential of donuts is lower than the average serving of coffee."


Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium have concluded that coffee contains very high levels of the potentially dangerous mercury. How dangerous is it? Eating coffee could be far worse for your heart health than eating donuts!

The high levels of mercury in coffee could be potentially dangerous for some people with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an exaggerated inflammatory response. Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin and the digestive tract.

According to the the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the "first-ever tests of coffee show that they are likely the most mercury-contaminated substance in the U.S. food supply." Mercury is actually a very toxic chemical that can contribute to cancer and other complications. The problem with mercury is that once it enters our system, it can take a very long time until it leaves. Grimly, the half-life of mercury is about 7 to 11 years!

These are only some of the dangers that have been linked back to eating coffee. What does this tell us? No. 1, we need to find out where our coffee is coming from. Not all foods are created equal, and sad to say, coffee, instead of helping us, may even harm us.